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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Love is Louder: Pride in the CLE

Little Cuyahoga Exploration Camp

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SPIRE Center Spring 2024

Learning Opportunities

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Local Church Jobs & Announcements

Looking for a job? Here are the opportunities and other announcements in our churches!


Director of Music & the Arts, Community Church of Chesterland

Organist & Director of Music & the Arts, Plymouth Church UCC, Shaker Heights

Office & Communications Administrator, Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

Director of Christian Education (PT), St. John's UCC, Dover

Children and Youth Ministry Director (PT), Trinity UCC, Wadsworth

Clinical Chaplain, Cleveland Clinic (various sites)

Sexton, Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

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Living Water Association Pulpit Supply List

Need someone to fill in on a Sunday? Check out the pulpit supply list! Recommended compensation: $200 for one service (minimum $150); $250 for two services; mileage at $0.67 or current IRS rate.

Pulpit Supply List


George Graham

Sunday, May 5, 3pm

Pilgrim Congregational UCC

2592 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

At Avon Lake UCC

Presentation on Wellness and Gender Care

Avon Lake UCC, Thursday, May 2, 7 PM

Ginger Marshall will talk about what she has learned working for the MetroHealth Pride Clinic, including the medical/physical/emotional/psychological aspects of the LGBTQ experience. This is a presentation for parents of youth who describe themselves as LGBTQ or non-binary. Ginger will also share a brief update on Ohio laws and regulations that might impact LGBTQ and non-binary youth in Ohio.

At Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon

About Kimberlee: Jackson shares with others her experiences as a Native American child adopted off the reservation under false pretenses to bring awareness to the consequences of colonization inside and outside of the Church and government policies. She is a doctoral candidate, all but dissertation, writing about a prominent Dakota Sioux Family of four generations and their responses to colonized Christian witness. She is and adjunct faculty with NAIITS: An

Indigenous Learning Community and is co-editor for Journal of NAIITS. She teaches English Composition I and II with the University of Akron where she presents the Native American Boarding School Era. She has taught as an adjunct faculty for neighboring universities since 2011. Her Master of Fine Arts degree is from Ashland University. Jackson has several poems published and a creative non-fiction essay due out in March in Ethnosphere Magazine.

At Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton

Friends of Chapel Hill are looking for ladies to join them in their mission. They meet monthly at Chapel Hill from April-November, with their primary fundraisers including operating a Gift Shop at our Chapel Hill Community and sending out solicitation letters for donations in the form of a "Bake-less Bakesale". Funds raised are used to enrich the lives of residents at Chapel Hill Community through resident activities and holiday gifts for residents. Any ladies are interested in joining Friends of Chapel Hill or volunteering in the Gift Shop, can call 330-844-4177 to leave a message for Debbie Fisher. The next Meeting of the Friends of Chapel Hill is at Chapel Hill Community on May 20, 2024 at 10AM. 

Friends of Chapel Hill have historically solicited bakers to make cookies for the residents to enjoy during activities at Chapel Hill Community. If anyone is interested in baking cookies and dropping them off in gallon freezer bags at Chapel Hill Community, 12200 Strauser St NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614, please call 330-844-4177 and ask to talk to Holly J. to arrange for a month to sign up for backing cookies. Alternatively, you can email your interest to The residents greatly appreciate homemade cookies as a special treat.

At First Congregational UCC of Wellington

First Congregational UCC of Wellington held its first worship service on April 20, 1864. In celebration of 200 years of ministry, we invite you to the first of a series of worship services this Sunday, April 21, 2024. The Rev. J. Bennett Guess will be our guest preacher for the occasion.

At Middleburg Heights Community UCC


Middleburg Heights Community UCC (7165 Big Creek Parkway) invites you to come bid on all kinds of art, including one-of-a-kind paintings by local artists, certified prints of international artists, handmade goods, and jewelry. This fundraiser supports the mission of MHCUCC. Viewing on Sundays and Tues-Thurs 10-3 from now through the auction's Finale & Reception on April 21 at 11:45 AM.

Items can be previewed online along with Finale details: Website Facebook


The 48th Teeter-Totter Marathon is on for 9am-9pm Saturday, May 4th and 8am-12pm Sunday, May 5th. The children and youth of Middleburg Heights Community UCC (7165 Big Creek Parkway) are inviting/challenging the kids of other churches to help them ride the teeter-totter and raise money for two local non-profits. In its previous 47 years, TTM has raised over $280,000 to make an impact all over the world. Read more about the event, sign up, donate, and join in the fun at

At The Bath Church

Enjoy an afternoon with some of northeast Ohio’s top brass musicians at 4:00 Sunday, April 21 in the Sanctuary of The Bath Church UCC (3980 West Bath Road, Akron; 330-666-3520).  Variety will be the theme!  From Baroque to Modern.  Classical to Jazz.  Religious and secular.  Ensembles as small as duets, large as a “choir” of eight, and just about everything in-between.  You will be treated to the delights of antiphonal Gabrielli, the Baroque version of “Dueling Banjos” with two brass quartets, a grand Gustav Mahler finale with the full brass choir accompanied by organ ~ and more!  Free-will offering; handicap accessible.

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Who? Heartland Conference Disaster Response Network

What? In desperate need of CWS Cleanup Buckets & Personal Hygiene Kits


Where? For use here in our Conference, and surrounding neighbors

Why? Our own churches in the Pioneer Larger Parish of Hannibal, Woodsfield, and Clarington recently requested buckets and kits to support the flooding Ohio River areas. We’ve emptied our Templed Hills Depot, plus requested 200 cleanup buckets from the CWS warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland. That leaves us with currently nothing in our Heartland Conference Depot! 

How? We need your help to replenish our CWS cleanup buckets, personal hygiene kits, and period packs…and to do so ASAP! Disasters know no timetable, and we need to be ready to respond…in any way that we can. Don’t forget the opportunity of applying to the UCC Global HOPE for the $250 matching grant available. Please consider helping with CWS cleanup buckets, personal hygiene kits, and period packs. You also can help disaster areas with your financial donations, earmarked “Heartland Conference Disaster Relief”. Finally, pray for those affected by these tornados & flooding. 


”we are all just a situation away, from being in a situation of need.”

Learn more and sign up for the Regional Youth Event

Registration is OPEN for all of our camp sessions!

We are offering a half week Pathfinders event for those who want to “try everything” and only commit to a half of week. If your camper is ready for the full week, we will be offering our weeklong sessions of Camp Out (LGBTQIA Focus), Music Mindfulness Art Dance Drama, and Sportscamp

Join us for Grands and Family Camp! We are offering 3 sessions this summer! Another new opportunity is “All Ages Family camp”.  If you have grandchildren that have aged out of Grands and Family or younger children/grandchildren, we now have a session that everyone can come to. We hope to see many of our families return. 

Adults 21 and over can join us for our new adult camp, Seek and Sip.

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AmeriCorps Opportunity

... in the WIDER CHURCH

UCC Earth Summit


The UCC's second annual Earth Summit will feature celebrated author and activist Bill McKibben delivering the Jim Antal Keynote Lecture with the title, "Energy from Heaven or Energy from Hell?" Additionally, the following panel of award-winning activists will speak about the multi-national struggle against the pollution of Formosa Plastics, one of the world's largest plastics producers. Both Sharon Lavigne and Diane Wilson have won the Goldman Prize which is often referred to as the “green” Nobel Prize. They will be joined on the panel by Nancy Bui from the International Monitor Formosa Alliance and Justice for Formosa Victims. The two-and-a-half-hour summit will also feature the announcement of the Dollie Burwell Prophetic Action Award winner, a celebration of the UCC's newest Creation Justice Churches, and a video showcasing the environmental ministries of our host congregation, The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. Even if you cannot make the event on April 20th at 1 pm, still sign-up, and a recording will be sent to you. Register now!

Pray with Lebanon/Syria, April 21, 2024 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: John 10:11-18 Prayers for Lebanon/Syria We lift our voices to you, creator, savior, and sustainer of life. We praise you, recalling not only your act of creation but also your enduring love for us, which brought you to us even ... Read more

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Association General Minister

Machelle Miller

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